Student Construction Trade Expo Looks to Build Jobs

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Updated: Fri, 01 Nov 2013 10:22:35 EST

A trade expo at Central Georgia Technical College Friday tries to entice Middle Georgia high school students into construction and energy fields careers.

More than 20 companies set up booths along with their equipment to give students hands on experience in different area.  Demonstrations included laying bricks, soft soldering, carpentry and use of power tools. The expo’s goal is to try and persuade students to consider a career in construction.

"We're experiencing a severe work shortage for our construction trades," event organizer Tony Varamo said.

A decrease that’s now building up as the economy is slowly turning around. However, Varamo said finding students who want a trade job is proving difficult.

"A lot of them really don't want to go into the trades anymore so we're just trying to grow that and show them that there's a real career in construction," he said.

The expo has also traveled to Valdosta and Albany.

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